Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES
The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world.
The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.
In our 129 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.
We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed.
Explorer extraordinaire, a GEO honoree Erik Weihenmayer, who has been blind since his teenage years, conquered mountains (including all of the Seven Summits!), and so much more. Over 400 attended GEO’s Annual Legacy Event to see Erik honored on February 7, 2016. The accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker shared his unique “vision” of the world and his amazing stories of adventure. Take a listen to his “Message of Hope”!
Check back to see what our program for the next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways. Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most-prestigious organizations.
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Events and News
GEO presents the story of Pier 53, the Ellis Island of Philadelphia. We would love to hear from YOU, the descendants of immigrants who came through Pier 53 in South Philadelphia! How, when, your ancestors arrived in Philadelphia?Read More »
The Geographical Society of Philadelphia’s 130th season continues with an Eastern Europe expert, a photographer from the Netherlands, Casper Molenaar.Read More »
Celebrating World Water Day, GEO presents a panel discussion about the historical, ecological, social, and technological effects along our rivers.Read More »
Derrick Pitts is the chief astronomer, planetarium director, and NASA Solar System Ambassador(!) for the Franklin Institute. Derrick started his education at Germantown Academy before attending St. Lawrence University in NY. He has since been awarded honorary doctorates from La Salle University and Rowan University. His masterful ability to communicate science[…]Read More »
Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”. We choose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example of that goal. The special Cecilia Beaux pin has been awarded to Robert Peary, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Diana Nyad, and Derrick Pitts – to name just a few.
Stay tuned for the “Date and our Next Honoree”
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